The following is excerpted from an online article posted by HealthDay.
Half of U.S. parents think social media is bad for their kids’ mental health, a new survey reveals.
The finding highlights growing concerns about how these platforms affect children’s and adolescents’ well-being, according to the On Our Sleeves Movement for Children’s Mental Health, which had the Harris Poll conduct the survey.
The survey questioned more than 2,000 U.S. adults, including more than 700 parents of children younger than 18, in late March and early April.
The survey found that the number of adults who said social media has a positive impact on children’s mental health fell to just over one-third. It was 43% in 2022.
“Be curious about what your child is doing on social media. Taking an active role in their social media engagement, instead of simply limiting their exposure, can help them feel comfortable to ask questions, report concerns and seek help when they need it,” Hoet said in a hospital news release.
Despite the results, fewer parents now said they were comfortable talking with their kids about mental health — 86% compared to 91% in 2022.